Guardia’s miracle rescue of beached young couple

A YOUNG couple, stranded on a beach all night in Playa Garañona, in the El Sauzal municipality, were rescued by Guardia Civil officers, last Sunday morning, quite by chance.

The 21-year-old man, from Santa Cruz, and his partner, a 22-year-old Italian woman, said they had been “terrified” because they had no food, water or warm clothes, after their small boat overturned. Fortunately, the incident happened close to the shore because the beach is inaccessible by foot.

The Guardia Civil have released a statement saying the couple were out on a small rubber boat when they were turned over, suddenly, because of the strong wind.

They made it to the beach, but it wasn’t an easy task, and they then decided to wait to see if the sea and winds calmed down. But the weather remained rough, and they were, literally, stranded.

Neither one had a mobile phone, so they could not notify anyone of their plight. But come morning and a helicopter appeared, as if by magic.

It was the Guardia Civil, completing a routine check of the coastline, and officers detected the young woman, waving a red towel frantically. Fortunately, they decided to take a closer look and were able to rescue the couple.

The officers gave them something to keep them warm as well as food and water, before returning them to their families, who had been showing concern at their absence.

The couple have since stated how terrified they were, and how isolated they felt, with no hope of being rescued, as well as having to spend the night with no means of contacting anyone.



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